60 top electronics jobs to pay salaries of up to €90,000
THE 60 high-end electronics jobs announced yesterday will carry salaries of up to €90,000.
However, the positions at the US technology giant Xilinx will only be attainable by senior engineers as well as those with masters degrees and even PhDs.
It is a further example of Ireland's ability to attract and retain hi-tech jobs -- in this case, the design of cutting-edge microchips used in everything from domestic TV boxes to space stations.
Of the 60 posts, about half will be at the Cork facility which currently employs six people.
Xilinx, which has been in Ireland since 1995, employs 3,300 staff around the world.
Its Dublin office has 250 people, while the much smaller engineering development office in Cork will become a centre of expertise in analogue design.
The company recently established a product development team of about 20 people in Belfast.
The new jobs include 45 senior software and hardware engineering positions and 15 executive and administrative roles. Depending on skills, experience and seniority, candidates can expect salaries ranging from €35,000 to €90,000.
Speaking at the launch of the $50m (€40m) investment at Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel yesterday, Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said Xilinx is an example of how multinational companies can thrive in Ireland.
"(The) growth that we have seen in Xilinx since they first came is really the sort of story we want to see told in Ireland where it starts, perhaps put your toe in the water and then build confidence in what Irish workers can do," he said.
While it is a five-year investment, recruitment is under way and most of the jobs are expected to be filled within two and a half years.
Xilinx Europe managing director Kevin Cooney said the work carried out by its Irish workers was an important contributor to its global success.
The expansion would bring valuable career opportunities ''as we continue to fulfil our strategic development responsibilities in Ireland," he said.